Melissa Vernon is the Chief Operating Officer – Strategy and Reform for the WA Country Health Service. She has an extensive background in health-related leadership and executive positions in country WA with a mix of private, public health service, academic and clinical roles.
Melissa has worked extensively in consumer and community advocacy and leadership particularly related to health service equity, reform and improvement. Her work in this area has been recognised through three awards; the Health Consumer Council Award for Excellent Service to Consumers, the WA Director General of Health Award and the Australian Public Sector Medal.
Melissa’s focus on equitable health service access for country communities has provided leadership for the successful development of telehealth services across country WA. Achieving equity of access for the country population of 532,000 dispersed across 2.55 million sq Kms offers opportunity for innovative and technological solutions that foster multiple service provider and patient relationships and effective service pathways.